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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trenchant mean? 

TRENCHANT (adjective)
  The adjective TRENCHANT has 3 senses:

1. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
2. characterized by or full of force and vigor
3. clearly or sharply defined to the mind

  Familiarity information: TRENCHANT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

TRENCHANT (adjective)

Sense 1trenchant [BACK TO TOP]


Having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect


trenchant; searching

Context examples:

searching insights / trenchant criticism


intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)

Sense 2trenchant [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by or full of force and vigor


hard-hitting; trenchant

Context examples:

a hard-hitting expose / a trenchant argument


effective; effectual; efficacious (producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect)

Sense 3trenchant [BACK TO TOP]


Clearly or sharply defined to the mind


clear-cut; trenchant; distinct

Context examples:

clear-cut evidence of tampering / Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest / trenchant distinctions between right and wrong


clear (clear to the mind)

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